Thursday, September 4, 2014

ARC Review: Shattered


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Shattered by Mari Mancusi

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Rating:
 
Goodreads:

 A girl at the end of the world.

Two brothers fighting for opposite sides.

And a dragon who can save them all...

Or set the world on fire.


Trinity's world changed forever the day she stole Emmy's egg. Now she's on the run with the last living dragon and twin brothers from a war-torn future. Connor may have betrayed his mission to kill Emmy, but he'll do whatever it takes to prevent the coming dragon apocalypse. Coddling a temperamental dragon on its way to being the size of a house is no way to keep them safe. But Caleb can't stand to see Emmy trapped and miserable.

When a video of Emmy flying over the skies of the Texas Hill Country goes viral, the government closes in--and the future they've risked everything for is about to go up in flames.



Review:

This book was amazing! Mari Mancusi has hit another home run and I loved every second of it! This sequel was stunning and had me on the edge of my chair the whole time! There is tons of action and adventure throughout the book and then at the end, Mari Mancusi rips out your heart and serves it on a golden platter.

Trinity has definitely grown throughout this novel. She has to make many tough decisions regarding the safety of Emmy and the twins. She struggles with many of the obstacles in her way and eventually she makes the decisions that she believes are right.

Many new characters were introduced in this book, including Scarlet. I have many mixed feelings about her because of reasons I cant say (they are spoilery). However, she is very strong willed and like Trinity, has to make many tough decisions. At the beginning of the book, she tends to mess up all the situations that she is placed in, however, throughout the book we see her progress and grow.

Caleb is now struggling with the nether, and may even be addicted. He is having a lot of trouble moving on from his dragon and fitting in with the group. These struggles leads to Caleb making many bad decisions and causing him to mess up a lot of situations. In the end you really feel bad for him. I really hope he gets a happy ending. I'm already making speculations on how this ending will be after reading this book!

Emmy plays a huge role in this book and the story building. We see her grow and be more of a presence, and its great! I really love Emmy because of her dedication and love towards Trinity. She makes many poor decisions, but they're all with the groups interests. She had no malicious thoughts and she really wanted to help.  She was very likable and easy to sympathize with. In the end I really love her and hope nothing bad befalls her in the third book.

Connor didn't have a huge presence in this book but he was still there. The best thing about Connor is that he begins to see things in a different way and he really changes from the old him.

The romance in this book was not too bad. There is still some action that goes on between the characters, which is not bad. With the entrance of a new love interest, I can see the destruction of the love triangle in the future. Let me just say I cant wait! I love this pairing and I hope everyone else does too!

The world building of this series is amazing! I absolutely love dragons and everything about them. I love the whole aspect of the nether and how it works and how you truly see its effects on the characters.  I loved all the action and the running from place to place. I also love how Ms. Mancusi wrote scenes from the past...er...future? Anyways, it really shows us a glimpse of the twins' lives and really helps to develop their stories.

Shattered was a thrilling sequel and I absolutely cannot wait for book three, Smoked! This book will have you on the edge of your seat and unable to put it down! The ending is very heart wrenching and will make you desperately want the third book I highly recommend!!

*Thanks to Mari Mancusi for running a giveaway for this ARC!*

-Daniel

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